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with michele bachmann will join us. shannon o'brien who ran against mitt romney. she was apparently one of the women in binders. ruth conniff just wrote a great piece about tammy baldwin who is going to beat tommy thompson. >> yes. >> stephanie: and rob reiner in hour number three. [ applause ] >> stephanie: and he had this great new ad about women's issues. and it's a great day to join us because of that doma ruling. they are saying certainly marriage equality is going to go to the supreme court. yay. oh my god, sexy liberalpalooza next saturday, very very exciting. giermo is going to be there. we are official steph heads, we saw you in seattle a couple of weeks ago, and we're going to see you in new york city. >> tom hartman here. and in my opinion there is nothing sexier than be a liberal. the stars of the most successful comedy tour in history, the stephanie miller sexy liberal comedy tour. new york this is comedy news that you need to know. they are coming to you live. ♪ hot child in the city ♪ >> on saturday october 27th right before the presidential electio
for governor, shannon o'brien by five points. i am joined now by shannon o'brien, a former massachusetts state senator and former treasurer, rather, and former state senator. and thank you very much for coming on the show with us. >> thank you, milissa. >> let me start by reading you an analysis from right after this week's debate in "new york" magazine. quote, tonight's debate saw the return of mitt romney who ran for office in massachusetts in 1994 in 2002. he was obsessive about portraying himself as a moderate, using every possible opening or ambiguity, and when necessary, making them up to shove his way to the center. did this mitt romney look familiar to you? is this the return of the so-called massachusetts mitt romney? >> absolutely. i mean, this is the etch a sketch moment. mitt romney ran as a pro-choice, antitax. he was going to be a bipartisan governor. and the fact is he was opposed to women's reproductive rights. he raised fees by nearly a billion dollars. so it's say anything to get elected. but also pretend that you're a moderate. he actually took great pleasure in telling peop
of women. >> which was very uncomfortable. joining us now for the interview is shannon o'brien. she ran against mitt romney in the 2002 massachusetts governor's race, that was a race, of course, that mr. romney won. shannon o'brien, thanks for joining us tonight. nice to have you back. >> thank you, rachel. >> that '02 campaign is at the heart of today's debunking, if you will, of the binders thing. can you explain to us what was going on in 2002 at that time that governor romney was talking about last night? >> well, it was fascinating for me to listen to that story. i called on another one of mitt's massachusetts myths. and he's made himself the shining knight. the fact is, there was a group, mass gap, which is the government appointments project, put together by a number of bipartisan women's groups. at the time there were approximately, i don't know, 30% of women in high-ranking positions in that administration. and this group got together and demanded, frankly, of me and of mitt romney that we make a pledge. that we pledge to bring more women into, whether it was my or his administ
to the 2002 gubernatorial election, massgap approached the campaigns of shannon o'brien and mitt romney. they went to him and his democratic opponent as well. not as he claimed the other way around. mr. romney credited the recruiting effort that followed with helping him bring so many qualified women on board. and the campaign put this out from lieutenant governor kerry healey. as we took office, our administration sought the best and brightest women the commonwealth had to offer. but massgap study said that female recruitment dropped off by the end of his term. 42% in the first 2 1/2 years, to 26%. paul ryan rose to his boss' defense, saying "he was an exceptional -- he has an exceptional record of hiring women in prominent positions in his administration, and that's the point he was making last night. as for the obama campaign, they certainly see an opening. >> you heard the debate last night. governor romney asked a direct question about equal pay and started talking about binders. oh, the idea to go and ask where a qualified woman was, he just should have come to my house, he didn't
, shannon o'brien. she signed it first and then he agreed to sign it, pledging to try to use this material that mass gap was putting together and to try to move towards parody in the high level appointments. there's also a candidate forum that he participated in that was part of this whole project where they asked specifically about this project and how he was planning to fulfill it and so forth. you know, it sounded to me more like he was describing the way that he found a number of his female appointees. but then decided to take the extra step of taking credit for initiating it. when in fact it was initiated by some other people. >> okay. binders aside, did he have a good record on appointing women? my understanding of the whole mass gap project was to propel women into higher offices down the road. did it have that affect? >> it didn't. it's interesting you say that. there are different interpretations of his record with women. you can point to a number of high-level appointments he did make, particularly early on. as you pointed out over the course of his four-year governorship, he act
of women. >> well, shannon o'brien, mitt romney's opponent, said the scenario romney presented in which he proactively sought out the binders full of women was not exactly the case. it came from the women's group. let's listen. >> i call it another one of mitt's massachusetts myths, and he's made himself the shining knight. the fact is there was a group, massgap, which is the government appointments project put together by a number of bipartisan women's groups. at the time there were approximately, i don't know, 30% of women in high-ranking positions in that administration, and this group got together and demanded, frankly, of me and of mitt romney that we make a pledge, that we pledge to bring more women into whether it was my or his administrations. we actually signed -- i think he did, too, signed the pledge. >> he did what he was told to do. the organization shannon o'brien references there put out a statement reinforcing it was they who reached out to romney, not vice versa. they reached out to all the candidates. they said, massgap committees selected top applicants for each position
shannon o'brien. and he had a meeting with his advisers and they decided to shift gears. they went after her a lot more. they dropped some of the family friendly ad with ann, and went right after her. and the debates certainly played a big factor. three one-on-one debates between romney and o'brien. and romney was considered to win at least two of those debates. >> let me ask you about the performance in the debates. as i recall and also from reading there uh your article, his challenger at the time did something foolish in a debate, attempted humor without knowing the outcome. that's something none of us should ever do. and she really fell flat. and at the time, that was something that a lot of people said was a superb moment for mitt romney. and now we're hearing he's practicing zingers. wouldn't you think he would've learned from the failures of his challenger? >> yeah. i think he can benefit in two different ways. one is by coming across as a good alternative as somebody who people want to go to. the other way is for his opponent to have some faltering moment in a high-profile debate
there in massachusetts. shannon o'brien ran against romney in the 2002 massachusetts governor's race and scott hellman co-authored the biography called "the real romney." see that in bookstores everywhere. let me start with shannon. thank you for joining us, dear. here is the question. i hear there's a story, a wonderful anecdote about the elevator in the state house and mitt's attitude towards it, which is one of those stories i always like because it explains human behavior in a way that voting records don't. explain the elevator and mitt as governor. >> well, the man of the people, the guy who was so bipartisan, actually for the first time in, you know, history that anyone could remember took an elevator that was previously open to the public and kept it just for himself. his own little private bubble going up and down into the governor's office so the public couldn't be on it and no legislators who wanted to button hole him to talk to him about laetionly taf priorities could not get on for the four years he served as governor. >> scott, that reminds me so much when the republicans took over the white
this year? joining us now from boston is shannon o'brien, as the 2002 democratic nominee for massachusetts governor she is someone who knows just a little bit about mitt and joining us on set in new york is ryan groom, washington bureau chief for the "the huffington post." shannon i would like to go to you first on this. an interesting exchange to watch. i want to know what you of the town hall debate in how that might affect mitt romney going into the debate tonight? the format of being with the public, questions being asked of him by members of, you know, by american voters as opposed to moderators and in your experience debating with him does that get into mitt's head? >> i think it actually favors him. given what we've seen in this campaign and given what we've seen in past debates. he's a fabulous fabricator and i think when you see that from that exchange he's pointing at me, looking at me and basically i look bad because i'm saying you're not telling the truth, i was right, but in the middle of the debate it's hard to pin someone down who is so convincingly not telling the truth. we
. the organization shannon o'brien references there put out a statement reinforcing it was they to reached out to romney, not vice versa. they reached out to all the candidates. they said mass gap committees selected top applicants for each position and presented this information to the administration for follow-up interviews and consideration for appointment. romney got into trouble on this. he told something dishonest suggesting he was the good guy when he was responding to pressure, appropriate pressure. because he wouldn't answer the question. from everything you know following this campaign, where is he on the bill named after you on equal pay? >> well, chris, i think he will veto it or try to do away with it simply because his running mate, paul ryan, voted against it and mr. ryan has been out on the campaign trail talking against the ledbetter bill, saying it wasn't needed, and i can assure you it was needed and the house and the congress and the senate, they passed it. they knew it was needed. it had been there for many years, and i don't think that he's ever going to commit and it's s
punch, that's apparently what shannon o'brien who was hoping to win that gubernatorial race in massachusetts back in 2002, that's what he said she was so good at. we're talking to her later. romney has been pretty -- he's been known to get forceful, jim, when he lets his dander up, if you will. let's look at a clip here from a debate, a year ago, this is romney, rick perry, mostly romney. roll it. >> the way the rules work here is i get 60 seconds, and you get -- and you get 30 seconds to respond, right? anderson -- would you please wait? are you just going to keep talking? >> yes. >> are you going to let me finish with what i have to say. >> remember that moment? i guess my question, having seen that back and forth, remember, you know, romney kind of getting into rick perry's face, can you be that aggressive toward the president of the united states? >> i don't think so, brooke. you know, when i think mitt romney gets on that stage tonight, and keep in mind the romney campaign has been saying, look, they have never done a general election debate before obviously. but this -
of commitment to the project it was after the primaries reached out to both shannon o'brien she signed it first and he agreed sign it to use this material to try to move towards parody in the high-level appointments. and they asked about this project and how he was planning to fulfill it and so forth. sounded to me, he was describing the way that he found a number of his female appointees, but then decided to take the extra step for taking credit for initiating it. >> so, let's put binders aside. did he have a good record on a pointing women. the idea was propel women into higher offices down the road and did it have that effect? >> there are different interpretations with his record with women. there is no question that you can point to a number of high level of appointments that he did make. over the course of his four year governorship he declined to the number of women prior to his coming i know it was lower. there were some other issues aside from those appointees there were issues raised about his judicial appointees 17 of his 19 judge appointments were men. after some unfavorable press h
shannon o'brien. she actually -- she led romney in the polls back in 2002 in that gubernatorial race. until the very end. she ended up losing to him in a real squeaker. and romney's performance in the last of the five debates is credited with winning the largely democratic state. so who better to talk about what we should be looking for, what we can expect strategiwise, in that debate tonight is shannon o'brien, joining me live from boston. welcome, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> i've watched a lot of debates, read about the debates, and you were tough. and when you look at some of the polls, you were up by, shannon, as much as eight points. so what i want to know in those maybe the fourth or the fifth debate there, what happened, specifically what did mitt romney do that, you know, really helped him beat you? >> well, one, i think we see a similar pattern, one, he spent a lot of money on negative advertising, about 3.5 to 1 over the money we spent in the campaign. but in that final debate i think he got a lot better as a debater. first two debates, many people think that i won
's interrupted or when he feels rules have been violated. he saw it in the 2002 debates against shannon o'brien, in 1994 against kennedy and of course, in these primaries. >> mr. romney, the kennedys are not in public service to make money. we have paid too high a price in our commitment to the public service. >> senator kennedy, your question for mr. romney. >> mr. romney -- >> i'm sorry. was it my turn to respond. >> i was going to end it there. >> my suggestion about my comments in utah. let me complete it and you can ask me. >> do you have a problem with allowing someone to finish speaking and i suggest if you want to become president of the united states, you have to let both people speak. >> romney's worst moment was this one. it was a year ago with rick perry. >> rick, again, i'm speaking. i'm speaking. i'm speaking. you get 30 seconds. this is the way the rules work here is i get 60 seconds and you get 30 seconds to respond. >> obama has done his best to test him on this. both men have been tripped up by looking patronizing to women. aggressive attacks made her less likely to romney and
to trail, falling behind shannon o'brien a little bit. so, he's performed under pressure before and that is worth pointing out. >> remember bob shogan of the l.a. times, howard? i once tried to low ball him with carter saying, carter would lose something coming up, i think the general election -- no the primary. he said, i've heard people say they're going to lose and they've still lost. how far can you low ball? just keep saying, my guy's going to blow this and they end up blowing it. this idea of sandbagging and low-bawling going on the past couple of days? >> it's ridiculous. it's sort of the option verse of the ridiculousness version of professional wrestling where the managers say they're going to clobber the other guy. i take this -- i take this about as seriously. but to go back to a point you and chuck were making, the economy is still such and the views of the president's handling of the economy are still such that despite all of the mistakes he's made, despite the terrible convention, despite the bad luck, despite the wooden candidacy, despite many people thinking he d
shannon o'brien and he has put on that performance but i moderated one of the debates the last time time around at the reagan library, he was good but wasn't this, he was good in the opponents that were rather week, like newt and rick santorum, many in the political center but he faced the president of the united states today and walked in the room like he was a bigger, better man and the president, he had that self-confidence which this president is going to have to face down a couple mo times and he is going to have to do it with at least a quality of presence and self-confidence. i thought last night it was about self-confidence. the president didn't seem to be aware, and at least cosmetically of the fact the camera was always on him and wasn't like the nixon kennedy debates and not reaction shots but always a split screen so when he had his head down, you everything at times, like do i have to put up with another ten minutes of this and then he looked back at romney on the same screen and relishing every second of it, romney would have liked a couple more minutes of this and clearly
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candidate shannon o'brien here to talk mitt romney. until then, check out our facebook page for all sorts of behind of-the scenes treats, facebook.com/nowwithalex. "andrea mitchell reports" is next. good afternoon. >> good afternoon. coming up, what the numbers tell us ahead of tomorrow's debate. the town hall meeting. joining me, romney campaign co-chair virginia governor bob mcdonnell. and what we've learned about the libya investigation with defense secretary -- former defense secretary william cohen. >>> and remembering arlen specter. we'll talk to former pennsylvania governor and nbc analyst ed rendell who knew him well next on "andrea mitchell reports." now with a fancy coating that gives you a burst of wildberry flavor. now why make a flavored heartburn pill? because this is america. and we don't just make things you want, we make things you didn't even know you wanted. like a spoon fork. spray cheese. and jeans made out of sweatpants. so grab yourself some new prilosec otc wildberry. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. satisfaction guaranteed or you
shannon o'brien. he is very good in these settings when he's on his script. that's what we saw in the first debate. it's true. he has all of these vulnerabilities on policy questions. there are two problems here. one is that obama did not force him onto the defensive at all in the first debate. the second is that the breadth of topics discussed in the first debate was very narrow and favorable to romney. nothing about women's health issues came up, nothing about immigration, nothing about climate change. this was supposed to be the big domestic policy debate. it was really limited to jobs, economic growth, health care. obama has a record there to defend. but it meant obama was on the defensive for that debate. all the stuff that got romney in trouble for six months out of this year was off limits. that's got to come up tonight. >> let me show you romney in the last debate and him bending the truth a little. take a listen. >> i will not reduce the share paid by high income individuals up. know and your running mate keep saying that. it's a popular thing to say with people but it
in the gubernatorial race, shannon o'brien and now governor mitt romney, expressing concerns about this issue and trying to work with our coalition. we were excited both agreed and expressed an interest in working with us. after governor romney was elected, he appointed lieutenant governor kerry heely to liaison with our coalition. >> so you put together this binder before the election results came out. he did not ask you for it. you were doing this anyway. >> yeah, i mean, we reached out to them in the fall of 2002 to get both of their commitments to working with our coalition. because we were bipartisan, you know, we weren't sure who was going to be in the corner office at that point. we started putting together -- casting a wide net and getting resumes in and vetting them so we would have qualified women we could put forward. >> the logs themselves, you were looking through them before you came on camera today. so what you're saying is he did not ask you for them, you approached them. >> you know, again, what i can say is that from what our records show, that we approached both candidates
, the organization had presented binders to both candidates to shannon o'brien and mitt romney and said, we have this -- these lists, these resumes of women who are qualified, eager for jobs, consider them for your cabinet. >> he made a commitment, both of the candidates made a commitment. >> but their argument is they presented these. he didn't come to them seeking it out. they presented it to him as they did to the democrat who is running against him. >> he made the commitment he was going to and he wanted more. that's what carrey heelly was talking about she was going through and that's what you'll see with a mitt romney administration, somebody who wants to go out and have a bigger pool of applicants, more people and it so happens when he picks the best people he can find, which he's very good at doing, half of them, senior spots -- people talk about hiring women and then they aren't in the senior spot they're in the number two spot, they're not in the number one spots, they're in the mid level spots they don't end up at the top -- with mitt romney you have his campaign last go around beth m
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